Inside the nest- wiry frass

Inside the nest- wiry frass

Frank M.  contacted me recently about his findings at his yearly mason bee workshop.  A most interesting series of photos- with permission. “This photo shows…

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Inside the nest: cocoons inside 'cotton fluff"

Inside the nest: cocoons inside ‘cotton fluff”

There have been half a dozen reports of cotton fluff inside the nesting tunnels.  Here is one I found myself.  Most of the fluff is…

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Inside the nest- Resin bees

Inside the nest- Resin bees

 When I find resin bees inside nesting tunnels, I remove any mason bee cocoons , remove mason bee debris out of tunnels with a tooth brush,…

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Inside the nest:Beneficial wasps

Inside the nest:Beneficial wasps

Here the beneficial wasp is inside a routered tray nesting tunnel, securely within its mud vestibule. TODO:  Remove any mason bee cocoons with a Scoop and…

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Inside nests: Mix of cocoon types and wasp pupae

Inside nests: Mix of cocoon types and wasp pupae

Last week a mason bee keeper asked me to look at these two photos and give them feedback on the insects inside the nesting tunnels….

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What do mason bee cocoons look like inside the nest?

What do mason bee cocoons look like inside the nest?

These cocoons were harvested early October just when weather was getting colder and water was condensing on the Quicklock nesting trays. Early enough to  avoid…

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